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Date: 6/13/2018

Coach: Erik Larholm


Key Players: Rebecca Nilsson (Goalkeeper), Thea Stankiewicz (Centre Back)


Qualification for Hungary 2018: European qualification tournaments – Group 3 runners-up


History in Tournament: 1977: DNQ, 1979: DNQ, 1981: DNQ, 1983: 6th, 1985: DNQ, 1987: 10th, 1989: 5th, 1991: 4th, 1993: 9th, 1995: DNQ, 1997: DNQ, 1999: DNQ, 2001: 8th, 2003: 6th, 2005: 18th, 2008: DNQ, 2010: 8th, 2012: 1st, 2014: 13th, 2016: 6th




Even though Sweden have won the IHF Women’s Junior World Championship only once – in 1997 – the Scandinavian side are always a hard nut to crack. And the team they will present at Hungary 2018 will not be an exception.


The Swedes ranked 2nd in Group 3 at the continental qualification tournament, a small prize regarding their two victories – 29:22 versus Czech Republic and 28:23 against Poland – and a draw at 26:26 versus the Netherlands,  who ranked 1st due to a better goal difference.

Skuru IK goalkeeper Rebecca Nilsson is one of the most important prospects for Sweden. She has evolved considerably since the Slovakia 2016 IHF Women’s Youth (U18) World Championship, where she finished with a 34% save rate. Now she accumulates more than 50 matches at a senior level.


Thea Stankiewicz is another essential member of Erik Larholm’s squad. The 20-year-old centre back plays her club handball at Norway’s Tertnes Bergen. She was one of her national team’s highest scorer in Slovakia with 24 goals. So was right back Kristin Thorleifsdottir, who scored 27 times at the 2016 U18 World Championship. With 15 goals, the H 65 Höör HK player was the top scorer for Sweden at the Qualification Europe for Hungary 2018.


At the 2018 World Championship, Sweden will meet France, Germany, Spain, Croatia and Egypt in an extremely competitive Group D. “There will be some great games for us to play, a really attractive group stage. Of course it’s better to win every time but, besides France – which is the best team – I think it will be quite an open group,” says Larholm.


The coach feels confident about the results they may obtain: “We beat Croatia the last time we played, as well as Germany. We have also beaten Spain before, so the statistics are nice. I like playing against good teams who want to play an attractive handball.”


“We have good players in all positions and many of them are also good in defence. A good defence will help us to get a good offensive play as well,” Larholm considers.


The Swedes met in Alingsas from 28-30 May for a training camp. In June they will play the Scandinavian Open in Norway against the hosts, Denmark and one more team and one week later they will travel to Hungary.


Erik Larholm relies on the capacity of his athletes but keeps his feet on the ground: “Our main goal is to reach the play-offs and to avoid the fourth position in the group. When I look at our team I find that possible.”


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Group at Hungary 2018:

Group D: France, Germany, Spain, Croatia, Egypt, Sweden


Games at Hungary 2018:
All times local

Monday 2 July: GER-SWE (18:00)
Tuesday 3 July: SWE-ESP (20:00)
Thursday 5 July: FRA-SWE (10:00)
Friday 6 July: SWE-CRO (20:00)
Sunday 8 July: EGY-SWE (10:00)


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Photo: Christoffer Borg-Mattisson